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Arizona Bill to Protect Political Signs During Election Season (December 20, 2014, 05:24 PM)

Arizona Representative John Allen (R-Scottsdale) has introduced HB 2002, to make it a misdemeanor for anyone to remove or deface a campaign sign between the period 45 days before a primary, and ending a week after the general election. The bill, of course, permits a candidate or his or her representative to remove his or


North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds 2011 Congressional and Legislative Redistricting (December 20, 2014, 12:50 PM)

On December 19, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the 2011 redistricting plan for both U.S. House and state legislature. See this story. The voting rights advocates who brought the case say they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the State Supreme Court. A similar case is before the U.S. Supreme Court now,


North Carolina Representative Jason R. Saine Expected to Introduce Bill to Ease Number of Signatures for Ballot Access (December 19, 2014, 07:56 PM)

North Carolina Representative Jason R. Saine (R-Lincolnton) is expected to introduce a bill in 2015, lowering the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates to get on the ballot. Currently, North Carolina requires more signatures to get a party, or a statewide independent candidate, on the ballot than any other state. The 2016


California Minor Parties Ask State Appeals Court to Take Note of Low Voter Turnout in 2014 (December 19, 2014, 07:17 PM)

Attorneys for the Libertarian, Peace & Freedom, and Green Parties have asked the California State Court of Appeals to take judicial notice of the Secretary of State’s Statement of Votes for the November 2014 election. That document says the turnout in November 2014 was substantially lower than in any other regularly-scheduled California general election in


Illinois Governor Wants Legislature to Pass Bill, Authorizing Special Election for Comptroller in 2016 (December 19, 2014, 07:14 PM)

As note earlier, Judy Baar Topinka, who was re-elected Illinois State Comptroller, died after the election but before her new term started. Governor Pat Quinn wants a special election to fill the second half of the term. He has called the legislature into session for January 8, 2015, to pass a bill authorizing such a


Michigan Bill to Allow Out-of-State Circulators Passes Legislature (December 19, 2014, 01:52 PM)

On December 18, the Michigan legislature passed SB 1167. It repeals laws that ban unregistered circulators, and out-of-state circulators, from working in Michigan. The bill had been introduced on December 4, 2014, and made rapid progress through the legislature. Here is the analysis of all the changes the bill makes. Thanks to John Anthony LaPietra


Arizona Green Party is Back on Ballot (December 19, 2014, 01:08 PM)

On December 18, the Arizona Secretary of State notified the Green Party that its petition for qualified status has enough valid signatures. The Green Party had submitted 30,667 signatures, and 84.6% of them (25,951) are valid. Most of the signatures on this petition had been collected to get the party on the ballot in time


Virginia Legislator Resigns from Legislature, but Will Run in the Special Election to Regain his old Seat (December 18, 2014, 09:31 PM)

Virginia will hold a special election soon to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. The vacancy was caused when Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey, a Democrat, resigned. He resigned because he plea-bargained to a misdemeanor; this article explains more about that. He recently announced that he will run in the special election to return


Matt Funiciello Set a New Record for Green Candidates for U.S. House, in Races with Both Major Parties (December 18, 2014, 04:30 PM)

On November 4, 2014, Green Party nominee Matt Funiciello polled 11.02% for U.S. House, New York district 21. The race had a close contest between a Democrat and a Republican. This is the highest percentage of the vote any Green Party nominee for U.S. House has ever received, in a race with both a Republican


Level the Playing Field, the Organization that is Working for Better Presidential Debates, is the Successor of Americans Elect (December 18, 2014, 01:53 PM)

As already noted, Level the Playing Field is the organization that has asked the Federal Election Commission to revise its rules for presidential general election debates. According to the law firm that is representing Level the Playing Field, LPF “is the successor to Americans Elect.” Also see here. The law firm, Shapiro, Arato and Isserles,


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